Magic Academy & Sudamerica Coaching Return for CIMYRT

We’re excited to welcome back Rusty, Fletch & Juan for our Centaurs International Rugby Tournament 2019.

These former England Youth Rugby coaches shared invaluable coaching strategies, tips and frameworks at our coach-the-coaches session in March (check out the testimonials below!), and we hope to share this incredible opportunity with the broader regional rugby community at our upcoming tournament.

Russell “Rusty” Earnshaw (Magic Academy), John “Fletch” Fletcher (Magic Academy) & Juan Gonzalez Mendia (Sudamerica Coaching) will be running the following workshops throughout the weekend (starting on Friday night) and happy to answer any of your questions about coaching and developing youth athletes across all sports (not just rugby). All are welcome to attend!

Weekend Schedule with Magic Academy & Sudamerica Coaching

Friday 22 November
Magic Workshop at ClubCo, from 7pm

25 Church Street Capital Square 3, #02-03, 049482
$30 a ticket
Nibbles and coaching tips included
RSVP ASAP to Di Hutchinson (

Download the poster with schedule

Saturday 23 November & Sunday 24 November
Magic Tent at Centaurs Tournament, from 9am

Drop in to any of the three Magic Workshops held throughout the day on Saturday. Workshops begin at 11am, 2pm and 5pm – but walk in at any time for a chat about anything and everything coaching:

  • Current culture and learning environments
  • How can we create the best opportunities for our players?
  • How do we develop creativity?
  • What sort of strategies, tactics, and behaviours are we noticing?
  • How do we influence upwards and explore organisational innovation?

Testimonials from Centaurs Coaches

“Magic Academy & Sudamerica Coaching inspired an epiphany for a lot of us in Centaurs Minis. For me it vindicated so many things I’d pondered as a Minis coach and former player of 34 years but was too conflicted to implement. Things like preferencing game-based training so there is transfer into matches over drilling kids to death for no real transfer; setting up variety and organised chaos more reflective of the dynamism of rugby (“kids will find order in chaos better than adults”), knowing when to be hands-off for non-contact and more explicit for contact as a coach so kids are empowered to make decisions and be rugby smart but we also protect their safety ‘the best techniques are safest techniques). More than that, their work is based on observation, reflection and successful implementation in England Under 19’s (just look at those guys now!) and all are good, knockabout blokes! If only they took the magic to my native Australia, but glad they’re in our adopted home, Singapore!”

– Chris “Harry” Harris, U8s

“A real eye-opening experience attending one of their coach development sessions. The emphasis they place on coaching through games and game-based activities, and the tips and tricks to keep things fun but challenging has completely changed my approach to coaching! Warning: go with an open mind and be prepared to try what you learn as it will feel strange and you probably won’t find in many books! Can’t recommend highly enough.”

– Tim Gazzard, U9s

“The Magic Academy & Sudamerica Coaching’s ‘Beat The Game’ philosophy for youth rugby is unique in its approach, teaching kids to think, take risks, and ultimately to become more skilful dynamic rugby players through game play versus repetitively drilling. They teach coaches how to build sessions around games with multiple variations that require players to adapt quickly, mimicking the kind of decision making that distinguishes good players from great players. The techniques learned are instantly applicable for your own sessions, whatever your coaching style, and best of all the kids love it because they are having fun!!”

– Bryan Coole, U12s & Club President

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